Author: Joel Mendelson

Nearly 20 years ago, I was in a car with my mom headed back to North Carolina after my grandmother’s funeral.  I was glad to be leaving.  Funerals alone are sad.  And on top of that it was depressing to see the state of some folks—this uncle still couldn’t keep a job; that… Read More»

It was a magnificent evening at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. as we gathered for the 15th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration. Jobs With Justice Education Fund gathered to honor and celebrate some of the leaders and visionaries in our movement, alongside alumni, VIPs, and hundreds of… Read More»

Each year, we celebrate those who follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s powerful example of championing workers’ rights as human rights. This year, we will be honoring: Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson for her leadership and strong stand calling for the labor movement to support a general strike to end the… Read More»

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey on 8/31/2017

Ahead of a natural disaster like Hurricane Florence, politicians and safety officials tell the public to evacuate early and not wait until conditions get bad. We all know that you can lose your home and your belongings, but politicians never talk about the fact that during a disaster, many people… Read More»

Today marks Amazon’s Prime Day, an annual sales event invented by the e-commerce giant. Thanks to the retailer’s ubiquitous advertising and heavily-discounted prices, people now flock to Amazon.com to scoop up bargains for the day. But what makes those deals possible? Around the world, the women and men working inside… Read More»

Baseball season begins this week and fans across the country will see their favorite players and all-stars play in places like Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and Wrigley Field. The season commencement will also be cause for celebration for the former farm team players who advanced to the majors for the… Read More»

Thousands of working people braved the cold and rain in Columbus, Ohio to rally at the statehouse.

Together we marched, chanted, and stood up for decent pay, affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities, as well as an end to a rigged system and economy.

Update (10/4/18): Working people at Disneyland and Disney World resorts won their campaigns and ratified three new union contracts over the course of the summer and fall! At Disney World resort in Florida, employees will see their minimum pay raise to $15 an hour by 2021, and both resort and… Read More»

When President Trump and Republicans won control of the government, they promised tax relief for millions of working families. In recent weeks, it’s become clear that they don’t plan to keep their promise. Their proposal gives generous handouts for those who need it least while ignoring working people struggling to… Read More»

On September 26, we join together in celebration of National Voter Registration Day. The holiday provides an opportunity for all to register to vote, and to stress the importance voting plays in a free and open society. National Voter Registration Day also is a sobering reminder of the roadblocks used… Read More»